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Temp-to-perm recruitment


Further education


  • Three specialist candidates sourced

  • All received positive feedback

  • Client offered each one a permanent position

The challenge

ESPA College (Educational Services for People with Autism) provides residential and daytime education for young people aged 16-25 who have autism and Asperger’s syndrome. The SEN college’s residential site has an ongoing need for assistants who can help support students with high functioning autism. 

With the college being open 52 weeks a year, it has constant referrals, and ever-changing recruitment needs. To tailor support to each student, the roles involved supporting and encouraging soft skills, such as increasing independence and managing positive behaviour. 

Reed needed to help the college quickly find three SEND specialist assistants, ideally with MAPA (management of potential or actual aggression) training, and experience providing personal care in a similar setting.

The recruiters I have worked with are honest, reliable, proactive, and they work closely with our teams to put forward quality professionals every time.

Patrick Cahill

ESPA’s College Principal

The solution

Using their specialist recruitment knowledge and experience with high functioning autism as a starting point, they researched what challenges could occur and what character traits would be required and began to build a pool of relevant professionals within the area.  

We asked each professional for examples of success in challenging situations or what techniques they were familiar with that have worked for them in the past when supporting SEND students. Each CV was sent to ESPA’s College Principal, Patrick Cahill, with a profile detailing how the individual could benefit his students. 

Residential Learning Support Assistant Gill Rigg wanted to get back into work as soon as possible, and Reed were determined to find her a job: “The SEND team and I have regular chats over the phone and by email; I always feel like I can call them to ask any questions, which really puts my mind at rest.”

The results

We have helped Patrick find learning support assistants, tutors, and residential support staff before, which is why he decided to work with Reed again. He stated: “I’ve had links with Reed for years. The recruiters I have worked with are honest, reliable, proactive, and they work closely with our teams to put forward quality professionals every time.” 

He continued: “The SEND team are dependable, hardworking, and thorough, and always puts in every effort, with lots of communication, dialogue and contact. I would be happy to use them again and endorse them any time.” 

The candidates stated what a lovely place ESPA is to work at, and how supported they have felt by both the college and Reed. ESPA has always been really positive about our candidates and has told us how much of an asset they are for their students. The college has since given us six other roles to work on.

Gill, who is now a permanent employee, summed up her recruitment experience: “I would definitely work with Reed again. So far, Reed has found two jobs for me and I have enjoyed both positions.”  

Patrick believes the overall experience has been positive and widely successful: “Most of the candidates have been very strong, and our new employees have enabled the school to maintain its required standards of education.” 

If you are looking for your next hire, contact one of our specialist further education recruitment consultants today.